Thursday, November 28, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 36 Weeks

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

36 Weeks 

Sweet pea-

It is officially the holidays! All this pie is making its way into my belly and we have a massive liking of pecan pie. Yum yum. It's been a quiet week other than lots and lots of baking; I made a full thanksgiving for us and your brother so we don't get sick by accidentally eating something we are allergic to. Next year you will be enjoying all these recipes I perfected this year. We weren't able to see the doctor this week because of the holiday, so our appointment next week will be extremely busy since it will be one of our last. We have a beautiful room ready for you too. I cannot wait to meet you! You sweet boy, I'm most thankful for you this year.


  • Pecan Pie
  • Stuffing
  • Turkey Pot Pie
  • Root Beer

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Gluten Free Pie Crust

From here, great Julia Child quote

A few times recently I have sent the original link to the pie crust recipe I found and now make exclusively, but I have to include so many of my alterations it's a little embarrassing.  So here is the original recipe from King Arthur Flour but typed below is where it has ended up and never once has it failed me, torn, caused immense cursing, or made me even glance at another pie crust recipe.  It rolls out so incredibly easy, even if we weren't gluten free I would keep making it! Plus you make it in the food processor. Winning!

Gluten Free Pie Crust

2 1/2 cups Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (recipe follows)
1 tsp Xanthan Gum
1 tsp Salt
1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbsp) Cold Butter, cubed
2 Tbsp Honey
2 Eggs (or equivalent of egg replacer mix)
2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

In a large food processor add dry ingredients and pulse to combine.  Add cubed butter and pulse until crumbly then add honey, vinegar, and egg replacement or egg (whichever you are using).  Mix until a ball forms, if it is still a little crumbly add cold water a tsp at a time.  Wrap in Saran Wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.  Divide dough in half and roll out between two pieces of wax paper.  Makes two crusts. 

Note: I have often made this a couple days in advance and left refrigerated with excellent results. I have also rolled it out, put it in pans, and frozen for use later; just thaw completely before adding your filling. 

Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
3 cups Brown Rice Flour
1 cup Potato Starch
1/2 cup Tapioca Starch

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 35 Weeks

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

35 Weeks

Sweet boy,

Man this week has been all over the place. We started out pretty normal: Daddy is done with football now and will be home earlier and able to come to some doctors appointments after thanksgiving, enjoyed a relatively calm weekend, then your brother and I caught head colds, and we ended up in Labor and Delivery one night because you hadn't moved all day. Scared the bejesus out of me and although I tried all the normal tricks to get you going (lots of sugary juice, caffeine, jiggling) nothing seemed to work. Then I had a few contractions and we knew we had to go get you checked out. Of course, as they got us hooked up to the monitors you started kicking like normal. Stubborn, are we? No worries, everyone was glad we got checked out. Our doctor is excited for us to be in these last few weeks; the next time we go in after the holiday we will start the final preparations for your birth! 

Love you bubba,

  • Chocolate Covered Raisens
  • Grapes
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Toast with Strawberry Jelly

Friday, November 15, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 34 Weeks

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

34 Weeks

Sweet Pea-

These last few weeks will be so important for you.  You need to finish growing and getting "big and strong!" as your brother always says you are.  He keeps asking when you will come out of Mommy's big belly.  Just a few more weeks!  All this journey and you will be here in just a few short weeks.  I can feel you getting larger and more chunky as your limbs become more defined in each singular movement, even when you get the hiccups now my entire belly moves!  I keep thinking that I cannot get any bigger, but I know I will.  All this discomfort is just reminding me of how quickly you will be here.  Your room is pretty much complete and we have everything we need for your arrival; I love all your beautiful things.  I keep dreaming about delivering you and how you will look, you will be so handsome I just know it.


  • Homemade Chex Mix
  • Warm Apple Cider
  • Dark Chocolate Raisins
  • Burgers from In-n-Out
  • Pink Lemonade from In-n-Out (I hate lemonade!!)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 33 Weeks

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

33 Weeks

Sweet boy-

You are finally at the stage where all you are doing is chunking out, and boy do I feel it! I now waddle most of the day from all your weight in my pelvis, my shirts aren't fitting, my skin is so tight it itches constantly, and I generally feel huge. We had such a lovely baby shower this weekend thrown by some of Mommy's friends; you got lots of cute things and some very useful gifts too.  The washing machine has been full of your tiny clothes for a couple days. They still seem too small even for when you arrive, it is hard for Mommy to imagine you in all of them sometimes. You will be so stinkin' cute! 


  • Lots and lots of pelvic pressure. It feels like his shoulders are rubbing against my pelvic bones.
  • My torn muscle pretty much hurts all the time now. I have no idea how this will effect labor but it makes me a bit nervous, won't lie!
  • My skin itches non stop! I alternate belly butter, vitamin e oil, vitamin e lotion, cetaphil, and aquaphor on it throughout the day but it's still red and itchy by night time. It looks so taught and translucent! Big belly! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 32 Weeks

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

32 Weeks

Sweet boy-

I can tell you are at the stage where you are really growing and starting to fatten up. You have started to really run out of room and are as uncomfortable as I am.  You move around constantly and make my entire belly ripple. Many of my maternity clothes no longer fit because I have entered, what your Dad calls, the basketball belly stage. The doctor is very pleased with our progress and we are just slowly counting down the weeks. There seems to be so much going on between now and your arrival that I know it will go by very quickly, even if it feels ages away. Your room is even mostly ready! I go in there often to think about you. I cannot wait to see what you look like! 


  • During my OB appointment they were totally pleased with everything, my weight is considered perfect, I've barely gained 20lbs. But to me, that's far too little knowing I lost 25 by my two week post partum with Lloyd! I really hope my milk is going to be ok without the massive fat reserve I had working for me last time. Even if gaining 50 pounds with Lloyd was bad, it sure helped when I was non stop feeding him for months on end and could barely keep up with the hunger. 
  • I can barely eat for the nausea that started this week. Then I get faint. So I just eat It's so annoying. I'm eating teeny tiny meals, less than Lloyd, and I'll feel sick for hours!  I get a small amount of heartburn at night when I lay down if I did manage to eat a lot. 
  • The belly button cavern is back. Creepy. Never got the outie with Lloyd either, just a huge void in the center of my belly.
  • At the end of a busy day the BH get crazy and the only way I can get my muscles to calm down is a bath in the garden tub. It feels great. To both of us apparently because after about 10 minutes, A wakes up and starts making massive movements and the watt looks like a wave pool. Yeash.